A Special Dress – Indiesew Fabric

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Amanda is my sister-in-law and closest of friends! Amanda and her husband Joe have been trying to become parents for over 6 years now. Time after time, their attempts failed and hope seemed to fade. But just a few months ago, a miracle happened! After an expensive and painful round of IVF, Amanda got pregnant. When I found out they were pregnant I cried. I cried because I wanted her to have the experience of being a Mother more than I wanted ANYTHING in the world. After months and months and years of family prayer, Amanda got her miracle. Here’s a little bit more about here story in Amanda’s words, written just before they tried IVF:



“Joe and I tried to conceive through natural means for a year and a half. When it didn’t work we enthusiastically tried multiple IUI’s (Intrauterine Inseminations). There were five of those; all of which failed. Now we are walking down the path towards IVF (Invitro Fertilization). You might be thinking, yeah, that sounds like a pretty typical infertility journey but interwoven into the science of it all are the emotions. That is the part that you can try to explain but never really get right, and you find yourself typing something, only to erase it and start over again moments later. We don’t know how to explain to someone how we feel without breaking their heart. It hurts us to see them sad for us, so through the years we have brushed off our emotions. We have tried not to bother others with our “problems” and honestly, we haven’t shared much.
Here is where it gets tricky. We find these wretched emotions bubbling to the surface more and more frequently and it’s like we can’t hide our pain anymore. I have had more than 68 heart searing cycles that have hit us hard in the face and dropped us to our knees. The place where we have begged and pleaded with our Heavenly Father for answers; the same place that we have shed hundreds of tears for our children that are up in heaven, waiting. They have been waiting a long time. Six years we have been
trying. We have come to find, that by brushing off those emotions our world seems to be closing in around us. We feel that we are being urged forward to try something new.”
– Amanda Robinson


To everyone who has struggled or is struggling with infertility, MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU. Watching this process has been a huge eye-opener to me, and has made me more sensitive and caring toward all women and Mothers. We all have struggles that can’t be seen, and a struggle with infertility must be among the worst of them.

To women who have lost. To women who have had. To women who have waited and waited. To women like Amanda and countless others, you have my love and heartache.

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I’m crying here, writing this post and thinking about this process for Amanda. Now that you understand why these simple dresses mean so much to me, let me tell you a little more about them.

Earlier in her pregnancy Amanda and I were shopping for maternity clothes, and saw this outfit in a shop. We wanted to recreate it in a few colors. I used the Givre Maternity Dress/T-shirt pattern from Deer and Doe. I made View B at dress length which is a sleeveless option. This pattern also comes with a sleeve option. We bought this slub-knit shirt from Old Navy to pair with the dress, it’s just a size small/non-maternity so it will work for her after baby as well.

For fabric we used a Cotton Lycra and a Rib Knit. Can you tell which dress is made from which fabric?

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The olive version is a 95/5% cotton/lycra sold by Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The blush pink is a Rib Knit from Indiesew. Look at the way the fabrics hug her body and thighs. The green is much more structured, while the blush is a looser fit. Both of these dresses are cut at the same exact size, although we did lengthen the pink.

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Tip for working with Ribbed Knit: size down.

I knew this tip going into this project, but we wanted one dress looser to carry Amanda all the way through her pregnancy. She will likely outgrow the olive version around month 6 and the blush should continue to fit all the way through. If you want ribbed knit to be fitted, size down at least one full size.IMG_0865

This olive color is currently out of stock but here’s a beautiful Charcoal Grey, and the olive is sure to restock soon.

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Pretty sure Amanda hasn’t taken this pink dress off since she tried it on. She couldn’t get over how comfortable it is to wear, and if you’ve ever worn Rib Knit you know that’s true! It’s so stretchy and light weight. The perfect layering fabric.

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The Givre Maternity Dress/T-shirt pattern from Deer and Doe has two gathering sizes, for the ruching at the sides. I made the smaller 3-6 month size. It called for clear elastic, but I just used some fold-over elastic I had laying around and it worked out great.

Thanks for letting me share this special make with you. Not all things I get to make have so much meaning. Love you Amanda!

 

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